Hillside Elementary School

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  • Storytime with LPS!

    Reading aloud with children is such a personal, special, and warm way to invite them into books. Each day, we will post a new read aloud from either Assistant Superintendent Lisa Capone-Steiger or a guest reader. Stay strong, stay connected, keep reading!

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Principal's Messages

  • November 22, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/22/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you enjoying the weekend!

    On Friday, Hillside School submitted its recertification application for School of Character.  We were first awarded this distinction in 2016.  These distinctions are good for five years and the time for recertification is upon us.  For those who are unfamiliar, the School of Character distinction is awarded to schools who undergo a constant self-reflection process using Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. Schools who demonstrate a commitment to character and social-emotional development in students are recognized.  We expect to hear some (good) news late-January.  I will certainly keep you posted!

    This upcoming week is a short one.  Wednesday is an all remote day for all students.  It is also a partial day of school and the day will end at 12:15 p.m.  

    We have two special events on Wednesday.  We have our first Caring Communities (click for program information) session of the year starting at 9:00 a.m.  Classroom teachers will provide students with necessary information to meet with their CC teachers.  We also have our monthly Student Council Assembly at 11:00 a.m. and teachers will ensure that students have access information to the assembly, as well.  Please note that both of these events are required activities for all students and we expect for them to log into each promptly.  Missing students will be marked absent.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!  There are also changes to the daily schedule that teachers will communicate with your children that morning; note that students will not have live specials that day, but will be provided with asynchronous activities to complete. 

    With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to let you know how grateful I am to work with an amazing staff, and with equally amazing students and families.  Despite all of the challenges we are currently working through, I continue to be honored to be part of this school community.  Together, we can weather any storm!  I wish your families a safe, peaceful and fun Thanksgiving holiday and weekend!

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    REMINDERS from previous messages:

    1. Families with children in our hybrid program are reminded that you should notify the classroom teachers and main office when children are learning remotely on days when they should be attending in person.  It is important that we maintain accurate attendance records and your assistance and cooperation are greatly appreciated!  The attendance line is 973-535-8000, ext. 7104.  Thanks so much!

    2. On behalf of the Hillside PTA, I'd like to thank all of the families and staff who have joined the PTA.  As of earlier this past week, we had about 160 members.  Please consider joining and helping the PTA reach its desired goal of at least 200 members this year!  See here for information.  Thank you!

    3. As the weather continues to cool, we will make our best effort to have daily snack outdoors (above 32 degrees, including wind chill).  Families should send children to school with coats/jackets and layers of clothing, as appropriate.  We appreciate your assistance!

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    Thank you, have a wonderful week ahead, and enjoy the holiday and long weekend!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of November 23, 2020

    Monday, 11-23: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-24: Cohort B

    Wednesday, 11-25: All Remote for all students; Partial Day (classes end at 12:15 p.m.)

    Caring Communities Session 1, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Assembly, 11:00 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-26: Thanksgiving Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-27: Schools Closed

    Week of November 30, 2020

    Monday, 11-30: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 12-1: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 12-2: Cohort B

    Thursday, 12-3: Cohort B

    Friday, 12-4: Cohort B

    End of First Marking Period, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 7, 2020

    Monday, 12-7: Cohort A

    Second Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    Tuesday, 12-8: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 12-9: Cohort B

    Thursday, 12-10: Cohort B

    Picture Retake Day

    Friday, 12-11: Cohort A

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  • November 15, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/15/2020 11:15:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend with your children.  Peace and prosperity to our Hillside families and friends who are celebrating Diwali!  May the light always overcome darkness!

    I would like to begin this week's message by thanking the Hillside school community--staff, students and families--for their contributions to maintaining a safe and healthy school experience to date.  While we know that good luck has been part of our success in keeping school open, we also know and appreciate that staff and families have been vigilant in not unnecessarily exposing others in school to potential illness.  I thank you for being considerate and cautious when deliberating school attendance.  Let's hope for our continued success in keeping our wonderful school open for in-person learning!

    Relatedly, families with children in our hybrid program are reminded that you should notify the classroom teachers and main office when children are learning remotely on days when they should be attending in person.  It is important that we maintain accurate attendance records and your assistance and cooperation are greatly appreciated!  The attendance line is 973-535-8000, ext. 7104.  Thanks so much!

    We have our next Materials Pickup Day for remote-only students in all grades this Wednesday, November 18th.  This will be the last school-wide pickup until January.  Families of students in grades K-2 are asked to pick up between 3:15 and 4:15, if possible, and families of grades 3-5 students are asked to pick up between 4:15 and 5:15.  Families with children who span the grades can come during either time.  The pickup will be curbside at the "pillar doors" near the front circle.  Please look for Mrs. Rodriguez, our math supervisor, and me on the patio.  Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation!

    On behalf of the Hillside PTA, I'd like to thank all of the families and staff who have joined the PTA.  As of earlier this past week, we had about 160 members.  Please consider joining and helping the PTA reach its desired goal of at least 200 members this year!  See here for information.  Thank you!

    The PTA's annual Holiday Shoppe closes on Friday.  It's not too late to shop and support the PTA and school, and get some things for the holidays!

    We have our first Student Council School Spirit Day of the year this Friday.  It's "wear your PJs to school" day!  Please encourage your children to participate and show their husky spirit by sporting their favorite pajamas!

    As the weather continues to cool, we will make our best effort to have daily snack outdoors (above 32 degrees, including wind chill).  Families should send children to school with coats/jackets and layers of clothing, as appropriate.  We appreciate your assistance!

    Thank you and have a wonderful week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of November 16, 2020

    Monday, 11-16: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-17: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 11-18: Cohort B

    Remote-Only Materials Pick Up (Grades K-2: 3:15 - 4:15; Grades 3-5:  

    4:15 - 5:15)

    District Family ESL Night (by invitation only), 7:00 p.m. (click for link)

    Thursday, 11-19: Cohort B

    Friday, 11-20: Cohort A

    Student Council School Spirit Day--PJ Day!

    PTA's Online Holiday Shoppe Ends

    Week of November 23, 2020

    Monday, 11-23: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-24: Cohort B

    Wednesday, 11-25: All Remote for all students; Partial Day (classes end at 12:15 p.m.)

    Caring Communities Session 1, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Assembly, 11:00 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-26: Thanksgiving Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-27: Schools Closed

    Week of November 30, 2020

    Monday, 11-30: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 12-1: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 12-2: Cohort B

    Thursday, 12-3: Cohort B

    Friday, 12-4: Cohort B

    End of First Marking Period, Grades 1-5

    Week of December 7, 2020

    Monday, 12-7: Cohort A

    Second Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    Tuesday, 12-8: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 12-9: Cohort B

    Thursday, 12-10: Cohort B

    Picture Retake Day

    Friday, 12-11: Cohort A

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  • November 8, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/8/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your children and this especially wonderful fall weather!

    We have our monthly PTA meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  The link for the meeting is in the calendar below.  

    Wednesday is Veterans Day and I want to thank members of our school community and all those who have served or currently serve in our nation's armed forces.  We do not ever take for granted the sacrifices you have made and are forever grateful for your service to our country and its citizens. 

    We have our next Materials Pickup Day for remote-only students in all grades next Wednesday, November 18th.  This will be the last school-wide pickup until January.  Families of students in grades K-2 are asked to pick up between 3:15 and 4:15, if possible, and families of grades 3-5 students are asked to pick up between 4:15 and 5:15.  Families with children who span the grades can come during either time.  Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation!

    Thanks for reading and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of November 9, 2020

    Monday, 11-9: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-10: Cohort A

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Wednesday, 11-11: Cohort B

    Veterans Day

    Thursday, 11-12: Cohort B

    Friday, 11-13: Cohort B

    World Kindness Day

    Week of November 16, 2020

    Monday, 11-16: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-17: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 11-18: Cohort B

    Remote-Only Materials Pick Up (Grades K-2: 3:15 - 4:15; Grades 3-5:  

    4:15 - 5:15)

    Thursday, 11-19: Cohort B

    Friday, 11-20: Cohort A

    Student Council School Spirit Day (TBD)

    PTA's Online Holiday Shoppe Ends

    Week of November 23, 2020

    Monday, 11-23: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-24: Cohort B

    Wednesday, 11-25: All Remote for all students; Partial Day (classes end at 12:15 p.m.)

    Caring Communities Session 1, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Assembly, 11:00 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-26: Thanksgiving Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 11-27: Schools Closed

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  • November 1, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 11/1/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend!

    We have two Fun Run events scheduled for this week.  Cohort A (hybrid and remote) will participate tomorrow.  Cohort B (hybrid and remote) will participate on Wednesday.  The times are noted in the calendar below.  Remote students who are participating are asked to show up 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time and check in at the table on the playground.  Students and adults must wear face masks at all times while on school property.  And, the weather is forecasted to be chilly, so warm, comfortable clothing is encouraged!  (Sneakers, too!)  Thank you and we look forward to two successful Fun Runs!

    We have Parent-Teacher Conferences this week.  As a reminder, teachers will spend the majority of the school day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, conducting conferences.  Students will meet with classroom teachers from 8:05 to 8:50 a.m.  They will review the day's asynchronous work with students during this time.  Classes will have live specials and teachers will provide students with link information to specialists on either SeeSaw or Google Classroom.  Thank you for your understanding!

    Please see Nurse Lisa's November newsletter for seasonal information and health reminders. 

    Schools are closed on Thursday and Friday of this week.

    Thank you, and enjoy the week and the long weekend!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of November 2, 2020

    Monday, 11-2: Cohort A

    Fun Run Cohort A

    • 9:30 - 10:10:  Grades 2, 3
    • 10:50 - 11:30:  Grades K, 1
    • 11:45 - 12:25:  Grades 4, 5

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (no afternoon classes)

    Tuesday, 11-3: All Remote Day for Students and Staff, Asynchronous Learning

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (during school day)

    Wednesday, 11-4: Cohort B

    Fun Run Cohort B

    • 9:30 - 10:10:  Grades 2, 3
    • 10:50 - 11:30:  Grades K, 1
    • 11:45 - 12:25:  Grades 4, 5

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (no afternoon classes)

    Thursday, 11-5: Schools Closed, NJEA Convention

    Friday, 11-6: Schools Closed, NJEA Convention

    Week of November 9, 2020

    Monday, 11-9: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-10: Cohort A

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Wednesday, 11-11: Cohort B

    Veterans Day

    Thursday, 11-12: Cohort B

    Friday, 11-13: Cohort B

    World Kindness Day

    Week of November 16, 2020

    Monday, 11-16: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-17: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 11-18: Cohort B

    Remote-Only Materials Pick Up (Grades K-2: 3:15 - 4:15; Grades 3-5:  

    4:15 - 5:15)

    Thursday, 11-19: Cohort B

    Friday, 11-20: Cohort A

    Student Council School Spirit Day (TBD)

    Week of November 23, 2020

    Monday, 11-23: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 11-24: Cohort B

    Wednesday, 11-25: All Remote for all students; Partial Day (classes end at 12:15 p.m.)

    Caring Communities Session 1, 9:00 a.m.

    Student Council Assembly, 11:00 a.m.

    Thursday, 11-26: Thanksgiving Day, Schools Closed

    PTA's Virtual Holiday Shoppe Begins

    Friday, 11-27: Schools Closed

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  • October 25, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/25/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the weekend!

    The sign up link for Parent-Teacher Conferences went live yesterday morning.  Many families have already signed up for a time.  Families who have yet to sign up for a time should do so at this link: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Hillside_Elementary_School_Fall20_21.  Thanks so much!

    Our partnership with the Apex Leadership Company continues this week.  We have two more lessons on Monday and Tuesday, and then two Fun Run events scheduled for Wednesday (K-2) and Thursday (3-5) from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. (see schedule in calendar below).  The weather forecast for Thursday looks unpromising at the moment.  Should we need to cancel for Thursday, we will host the Fun Run for all grades on Wednesday as per the following schedule:

    • K: 1:30 
    • 1:  2:00
    • 2:  2:30
    • 3:  3:00
    • 4:  3:30
    • 5:  4:00

    The final decision to move Thursday's Fun Run to Wednesday will be made by Tuesday morning.  I thank families, in advance, for their patience and understanding.  Please note that the Fun Runs are NOT drop off events.  Parents must stay with their children during their scheduled times and then vacate the property to allow for the next group to safely come.  Thank you!

    Note from the PTA: Hillside has partnered with Apex to host our Second Annual Fun Run.  Please join us in supporting this character and health initiative while raising funds to support the students and staff of Hillside School!  To do so, you can use the following link to avoid a $2 processing fee: https://hillsideschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/16256597.  Please contact PTA President, Mary Garas, with any questions at garasmary@gmail.com.  Thank you!

    We have a pickup scheduled for tomorrow (Monday) afternoon for remote only families from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.  While this was scheduled to distribute materials from Apex, some teachers have also piggybacked on this pickup and are including their own additional materials to send home.  Remote families that cannot make tomorrow's pickup should let their teachers know.  Thanks so much!

    There is a virtual District Math Night for K-2 families scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.  Hosting this math night is the district math supervisor, Mrs. Angelina Rodriguez, who happens to be housed at Hillside School (we consider her a husky, even though she represents seven schools).  The link for the flyer is in the calendar below.  Please do join her if you can!

    Hillside School will celebrate Halloween on Friday.  Please see this  Halloween parent letter that was sent home a couple of weeks ago for complete information.  Although there is some rain in the current forecast for Friday, I am hopeful that we will be able to have both parades.  I'll be in touch later this week should the need for a cancellation arise.  Fingers crossed! 

    Reminder: 

    The PTA has partnered with Brainiax to provide after school enrichment for our students.  Please see this flyer for information.  These activities start soon, so please register as soon as possible. 

    Reminder:

    Safety continues to be of utmost importance and your help is needed!  We urge all adults to wear masks at all times when on school property.  This includes during morning drop off and after school pick up.  If adults other than parents drop off and/or pick up your children, please pass this message along to them.  We thank you for your understanding and anticipated compliance!

    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of October 26, 2020--"Red Ribbon Week"

    Monday, 10-26: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 5 (virtual)

    Grades K-5 Apex Fun Run Materials Pickup, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m.

    Tuesday, 10-27: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 6 (virtual)

    K-2 District Math Night for Families, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (click for flyer)

    Wednesday, 10-28: Cohort B

    Apex Fun Run 1 (in person)

    Kindergarten at 1:30 p.m.

    First Grade at 2:00 p.m.

    Second Grade at 3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 10-29: Cohort B

    Apex Fun Run 2 (in person)

    Third Grade at 1:30 p.m.

    Fourth Grade at 2:00 p.m.

    Fifth Grade at 2:30 p.m.

    Friday, 10-30: Cohort B

    Halloween Class Parties and Parades (Cohort B Parade at 12:00 p.m.; 

    Cohort A Parade at 2:00 p.m.)

    Saturday, 10-31: Happy Halloween!

    Sunday, 11-1: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Clocks "Fall" Back One Hour!)

    Week of November 2, 2020

    Monday, 11-2: Cohort A

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (no afternoon classes)

    Tuesday, 11-3: All Remote Day for Students and Staff, Asynchronous Learning

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (during school day)

    Wednesday, 11-4: Cohort B

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (no afternoon classes)

    Thursday, 11-5: Schools Closed, NJEA Convention

    Friday, 11-6: Schools Closed, NJEA Convention

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  • Apex Fun Run Pep Rally Follow-up

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/19/2020

    Dear Hillside Families:

    We had our Apex Fun Run Pep Rally today and it was a fun time!  This year’s theme is “MIGHTY”, and the forthcoming lessons will support our character education program.  The links below bring you to pre-recorded rallies that include information about the program for you to view at your convenience.

    Copy/paste link for our Parent Pep Rally video.

    https://vimeo.com/452700322

    Copy/paste link for our virtual Pep Rally video

    https://vimeo.com/461114157

    Fundraiser Update:

    If you haven’t received your access code, please feel free to reach out to Justin Harris at justinh@apexfunrun.com and he’ll be more than happy to supply it.

    Here is tonight’s challenge from the Apex Team:

    The class with the highest amount of pledges will get to PIE THE APEX TEAM!!!

    Note for remote only families:  There will be a pickup for Apex T-shirts and badges next Monday, 10-26, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.  Please look for members of the PTA at the pillar doors.  This is curbside, so there’s no need to park and get out of your cars.

    We look forward to next week’s Fun Run events.  This year, we will have two in-person events that are scheduled as follows: 

    • Wednesday, October 28th:
      • Kindergarten at 1:30
      • First Grade at 2:00
      • Second Grade at 2:30
    • Thursday, October 29th:
      • Third Grade at 1:30
      • Fourth Grade at 2:00
      • Fifth Grade at 2:30

    Students and adults who attend the Fun Run events are required to wear masks (during the run, too).  These events are weather permitting, and we will revisit the plans next week if alterations are needed.  Attendance is optional, but we hope that you can join us!

    On each school day between tomorrow and the Fun Run events, there will be brief lessons taught by the Apex Leadership Team.  The team will teach virtually from the building.  They will be screened daily and will not have direct contact with students, but will be around during outdoor snack to say hello and encourage students from a distance.

    Please see here for the Apex Fun Run flyer that was sent home in my message from yesterday.

    Thank you for your support of this year’s Fun Run and we hope the kids are excited!

    Best,

    Mr. Gramata

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  • October 18, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/18/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your wonderful children!

    Picture Day(s) this year will take place this week on Tuesday, October 20th, for cohort A students, and Wednesday, October 21st, for cohort B students.  Remote only students will be able to have their photos taken on the afternoons of these days (grades K-2 on Oct. 20 and grades 3-5 on Oct. 21; 1:30 to 3:00 both days).  Remote only families should plan to meet a staff member at the main entrance anytime between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. (door 1 adjacent to the staff lot), who will escort children to the gym and then to door number 2 for exit (back of the gym).  Parents will not be permitted into the building.  Your understanding is appreciated!  Masks must be worn by students.  Please see the Picture Day flyer for additional information.  

    Important note for remote only families:  All students typically get their photos taken on Picture Day, whether families purchase or not.  These photos are used for the yearbook.  Remote only families who choose not to have their children's photos taken in school may send a photo of their children (shoulders and up) against a white background to my secretary, Gina Ioviero, at gioviero@livingston.org.  Thank you for your cooperation!

    The Hillside PTA has, once again, partnered with the Apex Leadership Company to host the "Fun Run" fundraising event.  Our two week experience begins tomorrow with a Fun Run Pep Rally, is followed by six days of lessons and culminates with two Fun Run events.  Please see this Fun Run flyer for additional information.  Thank you for your anticipated participation and support!

    The PTA has partnered with Brainiax to provide after school enrichment for our students.  Please see this flyer for information.

    REMINDER:  (Additional Halloween information coming soon!)

    We plan on celebrating Halloween at Hillside School with virtual class parties and two in-person parades.  Complete information is forthcoming, but families can expect for there to be two separate parades that day, weather permitting.  Parade times will be 12:00 p.m. for students assigned to cohort B (hybrid and remote) and 2:00 p.m. for students assigned to cohort A (hybrid and remote).  Please note that remote students have been assigned to a cohort in the event of a switch to the hybrid model.  This cohort assignment can be found in the Genesis Parent Portal.  Thank you and we look forward to a safe and happy Halloween!

    In staff news, we recently had two members of our faculty get married!  Last weekend, world language teacher, Miss Sofia Fernandez, got married and returned to school as Senora Haskell.  Just yesterday, fourth grade teacher, Miss Trebbe, got married and is now Mrs. Havrilla.  Congratulations and best wishes to both Senora Haskell and Mrs. Havrilla!

    Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the week of November 2nd.  I plan to send information next week, but parents can plan on 15-minute virtual conferences that will take place on the afternoons of November 2 and 4.  November 3, which is an all remote day for students and staff, will be an all asynchronous day for students, meaning there will be no live lessons that day.  Teachers will meet with students for a morning meeting to explain the day's assignments.  They will spend the rest of the day meeting with parents for scheduled conferences.  We will use the online conference scheduler, again, this year.  Look for that information soon!  Thank you for your understanding!

    Safety continues to be of utmost importance and your help is needed!  We urge all adults to wear masks at all times when on school property.  This includes during morning drop off and after school pick up.  If adults other than parents drop off and/or pick up your children, please pass this message along to them.  We thank you for your understanding and anticipated compliance!

    Thank you and have a great week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of October 19, 2020--"School Violence Awareness Week" in NJ Schools

    Monday, 10-19: Cohort A

    LPD Grade 4 Assembly, 8:30 a.m. (in person for cohort A; virtual for B & 

    remote only)

    LPD Grade 5 Assembly, 9:30 a.m. (in person for cohort A; virtual for B & 

    remote only)

    Apex Fun Run Pep Rally, 2:10 p.m. (virtual)

    Tuesday, 10-20: Cohort A

    Picture Day; Grades K-2 Remote Only from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Fun Run Lesson 1 (virtual)

    Fifth Grade Service Activity, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (in person)

    Wednesday, 10-21: Cohort B

    Picture Day; Grades 3-5 Remote Only from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Fun Run Lesson 2 (virtual)

    Thursday, 10-22: Cohort B

    Fun Run Lesson 3 (virtual)

    Camfel Assembly, "Time to Shine", Grades 3-5, 2:10 p.m. (virtual)

    Friday, 10-23: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 4 (virtual)

    Camfel Assembly, "Time to Shine", Grades K-2, 2:10 p.m. (virtual)

    Week of October 26, 2020--"Red Ribbon Week"

    Monday, 10-26: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 5 (virtual)

    Tuesday, 10-27: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 6 (virtual)

    Wednesday, 10-28: Cohort B

    Apex Fun Run, Grades K-2, 1:30 p.m. (in person)

    Thursday, 10-29: Cohort B

    Apex Fun Run, Grades 3-5, 1:30 p.m. (in person)

    Friday, 10-30: Cohort B

    Halloween Class Parties and Parades (information forthcoming)

    Saturday, 10-31: Happy Halloween!

    Sunday, 11-1: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Clocks "Fall" Back One Hour!)

    Week of November 2, 2020

    Monday, 11-2: Cohort A

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (no afternoon classes)

    Tuesday, 11-3: All Remote Day for Students and Staff, Asynchronous Learning

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (during school day)

    Wednesday, 11-4: Cohort B

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (no afternoon classes)

    Thursday, 11-5: Schools Closed, NJEA Convention

    Friday, 11-6: Schools Closed, NJEA Convention

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  • October 11, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/11/2020

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    We had fun at our Back to School Pep Rally on Friday!  The Pep Rally is one of my favorite events of the year and we made the most of our virtual event!  Highlights of the rally include:

    • Grades 3-5 Student Council Class Representatives were announced
    • Buddy class partnerships were announced
    • Summer Readers and Summer Bridge students were celebrated
    • Hank and Holly were awarded to their first classes of the year:  Hank to Mrs. Castoro's/Mr. Rahner's fifth grade class and Holly to Miss Lalli's Kindergarten class!
    • Grade levels did their dances to the tune of "I Love Rock and Roll" ("We Love Hillside School"), arranged/sung by second grade teacher, Miss DePalo (thank you, Miss DePalo!)

    Special thanks to our Student Council Advisors, Miss Trebbe and Mr. Grossman, and our Student Council Executive Board, Sophie, Tae and Gianna, for coordinating and planning the event!

    Our annual Respect Poster Contest deadline has been extended to this Wednesday.  Poster winners will be announced on Friday.  Thanks to all who have completed and submitted posters, and for making the task of picking one from each grade level so difficult!  (They're all so great!)

    REMINDER:

    Picture Day(s) this year will take place on Tuesday, October 20th for cohort A students, and Wednesday, October 21st for cohort B students.  Remote only students will be able to have their photos taken on the afternoons of these days (grades K-2 on Oct. 20 and grades 3-5 on Oct. 21; 1:30 to 3:00 both days).  Photos will be taken indoors in the school's upper gym.  Masks must be worn by students when entering and exiting the building (not in photos).  Please see the Picture Day flyer for additional information.  We will work with Lifetouch to provide a safe photo-taking experience for our students.  Please note that all payments must be made online, as per the information on the flyer.

    The Hillside PTA has, once again, partnered with the Apex Leadership Company to host the "Fun Run" fundraising event.  Additional information is forthcoming and we look forward to another successful experience this year!

    We plan on celebrating Halloween at Hillside School with virtual class parties and two in-person parades.  Complete information is forthcoming, but families can expect for there to be two separate parades that day, weather permitting.  Parade times will be 12:00 p.m. for students assigned to cohort B (hybrid and remote) and 2:00 p.m. for students assigned to cohort A (hybrid and remote).  Please note that remote students have been assigned to a cohort in the event of a switch to the hybrid model.  This cohort assignment can be found in the Genesis Parent Portal.  Thank you and we look forward to a safe and happy Halloween!

    Thank you and have a great week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of October 12, 2020

    Monday, 10-12: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 10-13: Cohort A

    Back to School with Special Services Director, Dr. Rosenthal (for families 

    with children with IEPs only), 6:00 p.m. (click for link)

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom meeting link)

    Wednesday, 10-14: Cohort B

    Thursday, 10-15: Cohort B

    PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends

    Friday, 10-16: Cohort B

    Collection for PTA's Fifth Grade Service Activity Ends

    Week of October 19, 2020--"School Violence Awareness Week" in NJ Schools

    Monday, 10-19: Cohort A

    LPD Grade 4 Assembly, 8:30 a.m. (in person for cohort A; virtual for B & 

    remote only)

    LPD Grade 5 Assembly, 9:30 a.m. (in person for cohort A; virtual for B & 

    remote only)

    Apex Fun Run Pep Rally, 2:10 p.m. (virtual)

    Tuesday, 10-20: Cohort A

    Picture Day; Grades K-2 Remote Only from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Fun Run Lesson 1 (virtual)

    Fifth Grade Service Activity, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (in person)

    Wednesday, 10-21: Cohort B

    Picture Day; Grades 3-5 Remote Only from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Fun Run Lesson 2 (virtual)

    Thursday, 10-22: Cohort B

    Fun Run Lesson 3 (virtual)

    Camfel Assembly, "Time to Shine", Grades 3-5, 2:10 p.m. (virtual)

    Friday, 10-23: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 4 (virtual)

    Camfel Assembly, "Time to Shine", Grades K-2, 2:10 p.m. (virtual)

    Week of October 26, 2020--"Red Ribbon Week"

    Monday, 10-26: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 5 (virtual)

    Tuesday, 10-27: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 6 (virtual)

    Wednesday, 10-28: Cohort B

    Apex Fun Run, Grades K-2, 1:30 p.m. (in person)

    Thursday, 10-29: Cohort B

    Apex Fun Run, Grades 3-5, 1:30 p.m. (in person)

    Friday, 10-30: Cohort B

    Halloween Class Parties and Parades (information forthcoming)

    Saturday, 10-31: Happy Halloween!

    Sunday, 11-1: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Clocks "Fall" Back One Hour!)

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  • October 4, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 10/4/2020 9:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you were able to enjoy the great fall weather this weekend with your children!

    We look forward to another week of firsts ahead as we welcome back to school our grades 3-5 hybrid students in cohort A on Monday and in cohort B on Wednesday!  Families are encouraged to review the Hybrid Guide for Families that was sent last week, but are reminded of the following:

    • The COVID Screening Form will be emailed to all families each morning.  This form MUST be completed daily for students who are attending in-person school on their assigned cohort days.  Upon completion of the form, families will see a green check (unless the system directs you to stay home based upon your responses) that can be shown at the door to expedite entry.  This is not mandatory as we will have access to daily responses available, but it is helpful.
    • Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and all students should be in school by 8:15 to not be considered tardy.  Students will not be able to enter the building before 8:00 a.m.
    • Dismissal is at 12:40 p.m. at the doors indicated in the guide.
    • Students should bring in a snack, a towel to sit on for outdoor snack time and water. 
    • Students must bring Chromebooks and chargers, and other supplies as already indicated by teachers in their communication.
    • A backup mask for students is also strongly recommended. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to another phase of our hybrid plan!

    The next "Materials Pickup Day" is scheduled for this Thursday, October 8.  This pickup day is for students who are remote only, as hybrid students will receive any needed materials on their assigned days in school.  Pickup will take place after school hours from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. at the front loop near the pillars.  It will be curbside, so families do not need to get out of their cars--just look for the setup outside.  We kindly ask that, if possible, grades K-2 families come between 3:15 and 4:15 and grades 3-5 families come between 4:15 and 5:15.  We hope this will alleviate congestion and a backup.  Thanks so much!

    This week is the "Week of Respect" across NJ schools.  We will observe the week with our annual "Respect Poster Contest" and other class activities.  The week will conclude with our seventh annual Back to School Pep Rally scheduled for Friday, October 9.  The event will occur virtually this year from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m.  Students will be asked to wear shirts that represent their assigned pillars of character, as follows:

    • Kindergarten – Trustworthiness (Blue)
    • 1st Grade – Respect (Yellow)
    • 2nd grade – Responsibility (Green)
    • 3rd Grade – Fairness (Orange)
    • 4th Grade – Caring (Red)
    • 5th Grade – Citizenship (Purple)

    Thank you, in advance, for your support of our annual rally and for helping your children show their character and school spirit!

    Picture Day(s) this year will take place on Tuesday, October 20th for cohort A students, and Wednesday, October 21st for cohort B students.  Remote only students will be able to have their photos taken on the afternoons of these days (grades K-2 on Oct. 20 and grades 3-5 on Oct. 21; 1:30 to 3:00 both days).  Please see the Picture Day flyer for additional information.  We will work with Lifetouch to provide a safe photo-taking experience for our students.  Please note that all payments must be made online, as per the information on the flyer. 

    Please see the October Newsletter from Nurse Lisa for some updates from the school's health office.

    Thank you and have a great week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of October 5, 2020--"Week of Respect" in NJ Schools

    Monday, 10-5: Grades 3-5 Hybrid Program Begins!

    Cohort A

    Tuesday, 10-6: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 10-7: Cohort B

    Thursday, 10-8: Cohort B

    Materials Pickup Day for Remote Students; 3:15 - 4:15, Grades K-2; 4:15 

    - 5:15, Grades 3-5

    Friday, 10-9: Cohort A

    Virtual Back to School Pep Rally!  2:10 - 3:10 p.m. (click for link) 

    Saturday, 10-10: Fifth Grade Service Activity, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Week of October 12, 2020

    Monday, 10-12: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 10-13: Cohort A

    Back to School with Special Services Director, Dr. Rosenthal (for families 

    with children with IEPs only), 6:00 p.m. (click for link)

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom meeting link)

    Wednesday, 10-14: Cohort B

    Thursday, 10-15: Cohort B

    Friday, 10-16: Cohort B

    Week of October 19, 2020--"School Violence Awareness Week" in NJ Schools

    Monday, 10-19: Cohort A

    LPD Grade 4 Assembly, 8:30 a.m.

    LPD Grade 5 Assembly, 9:30 a.m.

    Apex Fun Run Pep Rally, 2:10 p.m. (all virtual)

    Tuesday, 10-20: Cohort A

    Picture Day; Grades K-2 Remote Only from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Fun Run Lesson 1

    Wednesday, 10-21: Cohort B

    Picture Day; Grades 3-5 Remote Only from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Fun Run Lesson 2

    Thursday, 10-22: Cohort B

    Fun Run Lesson 3

    Camfel Assembly, "Time to Shine", Grades 3-5, 2:10 p.m.

    Friday, 10-23: Cohort A

    Fun Run Lesson 4

    Camfel Assembly, "Time to Shine", Grades K-2, 2:10 p.m.

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  • September 28, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/28/2020 5:30:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you've enjoyed the weekend with your children!

    Thanks to the families and staff who joined the PTA and me for Friday night's Kahoot! Trivia and Movie Night!  While nothing can ever replace our beloved in-person activities, I am thankful to the PTA for its efforts in continuing our Hillside School traditions.  And, I was quite impressed with the movie's video quality via Zoom!  The movie was great!  Thanks to the PTA and parent member, Mrs. Heilpern, for leading the trivia game and hosting the movie!

    We are excited to welcome back our grades 3-5 students who are in the hybrid model next Monday, October 5th!  It'll be so nice to have children on both floors of our school building!  Families should review this Hybrid Guide prior to their first assigned hybrid day for important information.  Families have already selected their program preference (remote v. hybrid) and students have already been cohorted into either group A or B.  Families are encouraged to review their preferences and cohort assignments in the Genesis Parent Portal as soon as possible.  Please note that the beginning of the hybrid model will necessitate schedule changes for all classes in grades 3-5.  Teachers will communicate with families about these changes later this week.

    We are so very grateful for the support of our families while students are learning remotely.  Your assistance has been integral to our daily success.  In an effort to honor the importance of instructional time between teacher and student, I respectfully request that adults at home do not interrupt teacher lessons to ask questions.  Any communication between parents and teachers must continue to occur outside of instructional time.  Parents should contact teachers to make mutually agreeable arrangements to discuss concerns or questions.  Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.  

    The next "Materials Pickup Day" is scheduled tentatively for Thursday, October 8.  This pickup day is for students who are remote only, as hybrid students will receive any needed materials on their assigned days in school.  Additional information is forthcoming, but families should plan to visit school during afternoon hours.  

    We have our seventh annual Back to School Pep Rally scheduled for Friday, October 9.  The event will occur virtually this year from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m.  Students will be asked to wear shirts that represent their assigned pillars of character, as follows:

    • Kindergarten – Trustworthiness (Blue)
    • 1st Grade – Respect (Yellow)
    • 2nd grade – Responsibility (Green)
    • 3rd Grade – Fairness (Orange)
    • 4th Grade – Caring (Red)
    • 5th Grade – Citizenship (Purple)

    Thank you, in advance, for your support of our annual rally and for helping your children show their character and school spirit!

    Thank you for reading and I wish everyone a wonderful week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of September 28, 2020

    Monday, 9-28: Schools Closed for Yom Kippur

    Tuesday, 9-29: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 9-30: Cohort A

    Thursday, 10-1: Cohort B

    Friday, 10-2: Cohort B

    Week of October 5, 2020--"Week of Respect" in NJ Schools

    Monday, 10-5: Grades 3-5 Hybrid Program Begins!

    Cohort A

    Tuesday, 10-6: Cohort A

    Wednesday, 10-7: Cohort B

    Thursday, 10-8: Cohort B

    Materials Pickup Day for Remote Students (information forthcoming)

    Friday, 10-9: Cohort A

    Virtual Back to School Pep Rally!  2:10 - 3:10 p.m. (click for link) 

    Saturday, 10-10: Fifth Grade Service Activity, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Upper Blacktop

    Week of October 12, 2020

    Monday, 10-12: Cohort A

    Tuesday, 10-13: Cohort A

    Back to School with Special Services Director, Dr. Rosenthal (for families 

    with children with IEPs only), 6:00 p.m. (click for link)

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom meeting link)

    Wednesday, 10-14: Cohort B

    Thursday, 10-15: Cohort B

    Friday, 10-16: Cohort B

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